SPEAKING JAPANESE WITH MY JAPANESE FRIEND IN JAPAN

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Speak Japanese in 90 Days: A Self Study Guide to Becoming Fluent (Volume 1)

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  • I know lots of first-language English speakers with good Japanese and many more who are learning and trying to get good at it. And, like you said, I also know lots of Japanese speakers who are great at English. Oftentimes they downplay their English and say it’s not good or they want to get better when really they are doing an absolutely fantastic job of communicating clearly and efficiently and I really think that’s the goal of second language learning. Having an accent or struggling over some vocabulary is not a big deal if you can make yourself understood. The rest comes with time.

    I know lots of first-language English speakers with good Japanese and many more who are learning and trying to get good at it. And, like you said, I also know lots of Japanese speakers who are great at English. Oftentimes they downplay their English and say it’s not good or they want to get better when really they are doing an absolutely fantastic job of communicating clearly and efficiently and I really think that’s the goal of second language learning. Having an accent or struggling over some vocabulary is not a big deal if you can make yourself understood. The rest comes with time.

  • Thank you Roger for making such an amazing project available and free to the public. I have been studying Japanese for half a year now on my own and since I am a high school kid with lots of extra time I have studied a lot. Although, I have not had many opportunities to speak with actual Japanese speakers and get a better concept of their grammar. In fact I have spent most of my time learning Kanji, so much time that I can read 2/3 of the jouyou kanji but I have an extremely limited vocabulary. I still struggle to have Japanese audio spark a reaction in my brain in order to come up with meanings to words . I am a visual learner so it is hard for me. This is just what I need. Thank you very much.

    It is also very important to work on your listening practice. Therefore I recommend familiarizing yourself with the sounds and rhythms of the language. This will go a long way towards being able to speak with a Japanese person. My site is full of helpful sound files to get you on the right track and build your confidence. Hearing someone speak in Japanese and being able to answer appropriately is very rewarding for the beginner.

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